How did the Americans at home feel about the United States' growing global presence? By analyzing a political speech and multiple political cartoons pertaining to American imperialism in the early 1900s, students will come away with a nuanced understanding of American sentiments during this time period.
Throughout the lesson students will:
1) Respond to a Bell Ringer asking them to evaluate justifications for taking over a country.
2) Read a short introductory piece about American imperialism of the time.
3) Analyze a primary source political speech and determine whether the speaker is pro-imperialist or anti-imperialist.
4) In groups, analyze assigned political cartoons and present findings to the class.
5) Finish with an exit ticket that asks students to explain how Americans felt about their country's imperialism.
Bonus materials included!